Definition of curt in English:

curt

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Pronunciation: /kəːt
 
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adjective

Rudely brief: his reply was curt
More example sentences
  • I'd noticed that in a few short hours that his curt and snappish side was back.
  • He opened his mouth for a sharp reply but closed it and just gave her a curt nod.
  • About ten minutes ago, I was rather curt (almost rude, in fact) to an acquaintance who rang me.
Synonyms
terse, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, short, monosyllabic, summary, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart; gruff, offhand, unceremonious, ungracious, rude, impolite, discourteous, uncivil; laconic, brief, succinct, compact, pithy, to the point, economical
informal snippy
British rare dusty

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'short, shortened'): from Latin curtus 'cut short, abridged'.

Derivatives

curtly

adverb
More example sentences
  • He waits until you speak to him, so that he can respond as curtly and bluntly as possible.
  • He replied curtly as we questioned him on his current drinking habits.
  • Many of the people I address in Portuguese curtly respond in French.

curtness

noun
More example sentences
  • And sorry for the curtness - I appreciate Lindsey's challenge, and think it's very cool that he's posting about this stuff, but I'm trying to be really brief and I apologize if that comes off wrong.
  • Employing that odd mixture of world weariness and curtness that has become your trademark - the sigh, the swift turning of the back and a clipped phrase delivered over the shoulder as you aim for the door - you damned the whole lot of us.
  • Even in the latter vocation, however, his famous curtness has caused him to sound the odd ordinary note.

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